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Titanborn

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Children of Titan, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,275 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Titan's revolution is coming. All it needs is one final spark. 

After decades hunting wanted offworlders throughout the solar system, Corporate Bounty Hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. And he always works alone. 

But when a high-profile bombing on Earth has Pervenio Corp clamoring for answers, they force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner. A young man more interested in statistics than instinct. Their assignment: Track down a suspected group of extremists from Titan who will go to any length to free their moon from the grip of Earth's corporations. 

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated...and much more personal. 

Experience the epic first entry in the Children of Titan series. If you're a fan of The Expanse, Blade Runner, or Star Wars, you'll love this gritty, space opera thriller from USA Today best-seller Rhett C. Bruno! 

©2018 Aethon Books (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"RC Bray is perfect as Malcolm Graves, a gruff, no BS character who fights his enemies almost as hard as he fights his own demons." (Michael Mammay, Audie-nominated author of Planetside)

“[Rhett C.] Bruno expertly weaves action, capitalism, smuggling, fragile alliances, and revolution around the hard choices of a life-worn man who regrets always following orders.” (Publishers Weekly

"Riveting, nonstop action. A compelling look at a dark future." (Jack McDevitt, Nebula and Robert A. Heinlein Lifetime Award-winning author of Seeker)

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Great Mystery Sci-fi

Firstly, let me just say I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning I thought it was a bit slow but the characters were well done and I personally thought the ending was great. There were a couple of plot twists and some people will see them and some won’t. Overall, this was a great book.

Alright, so this book as touted as ‘like the Expanse’ and I’d say this is a fair assessment. The world built by the author has a very Expanse feel in that there’s the ‘earthers’ and then the ‘ringers’, similar to the expanse having the ‘inners’ and ‘belters’ (and nearly identical animosities). I particularly found the reorganization of earth cities into long metropolitan strings to be very unique and also made a lot of sense for a potential society.

The protagonist himself is sorta similar to the Expanse’s Miller - he’s akin to a bounty hunter who has made a lot of mistakes in life, drinks to much and only really lives for the job. The book flashes back to how he got this way and while Malcom (protagonist) lives a less than stellar life, you do end up caring for him.

Without getting to much more into it, the supporting characters are also themselves unique and well written. The book itself is part of a series but the second one is about a different set of characters (according to the description) and the way this book ended, a reader could realistically read only this book and feel they had completed a story if the thought of beginning another series is a bit daunting.

Overall, again - highly recommend the book for anyone looking for a shorter mystery sci-fi.

And as always, R.C. Bray provided a fantastic narration with consistent characters and an ever present enthusiasm for the story.

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I'm underselling this book

I feel like I will either undersell this book, or give away all the good parts. I decided on underselling.

Though on first appearances this looks to be a sci-fi, this is not a story of spaceships battling in space, but instead of a man trying to do his job.

In a World/Galaxy where companies have at least as much or as the government, their internal security are somewhere between police and military, with morality at times a bit ambivalent.

But this is not a morality story about business and government, but about the impact on someone living such a life. What would that do to someone and how would it shape the way they see the world and the decisions they make?

But the end I was more emotionally invested than I usually get in characters I read about, and I feel I learned more about myself as a reader for reading it than I have in a while.

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Sci-Fi Noir

Rhett Bruno has done well creating a story that, like his other book The Circuit is set in the far future in our own solar system. The story is well paced and kept me entertained all the way through.

The Corporations are the new governments and our protagonist, Malcolm Graves, is a Collector. Part Cop and Bounty Hunter.

I think the story flowed well with a few interesting twists and turns that take us over many locations in the solar system. The cliff hanger ending left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment.

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Refreshing SciFi series!

R.C Bray does it again with amazing narration of another great SciFi. excited for the next!

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Excellent story and narration!

This was an enjoyable listen - on par with previous works I've enjoyed by Rhett C Bruno (e.g. The Circuit). If you've read/listened to the previous incarnation of the book/series ("Titan's Wrath" - no longer available) this is still worth your time, especially with the superb narration by RC Bray.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Pretty good.

Titanborn was a solid read, though it did take me quite a while to become fully invested in it. The first third of the book is quite slow but I put that down to building the world and characters so I didn't mind too much.

The plot was slow to start and I was a little bored at times, but it eventually picked up and I ended up really enjoying it. I love that the book takes us from Earth to Mars and even near to Saturn where Titan is. The world as we know it is completely different and the author did a good job with creating such an expansive universe. On seeing the cover I think I expected more of a space opera type of book, but it's not really, it's more focused on the Bounty Hunter and the mystery behind the bombings, which I enjoyed.

The characters were well written and developed and I pretty much enjoyed it as much as I did because of them. They more than made up for the slow pace. Malcolm was gruff, strong and did his job really well. He let no one or nothing influence him. He is seen as one of the best in the business and usually works alone. When he is asked to look into the recent bombings, he is told that he will have a partner. Zhaff is the total opposite to Malcolm and I loved that fact! It was funny to see them interact and to see how Malcolm reacted to Zhaff. I loved both their characters!!

In all, Titanborn, while being slow to get going, was still a pretty good read. The world building and character development more than made up for the pacing and I'm hoping now that that's done, the rest of the books will have more action. Upon finishing it, (because the ending was awesome) I had to see if the next one was available because I'm excited to see where the author goes with it.

R.C. Bray is one of the best in the business. His array of voices and tones are astounding and he never just reads a story, he performs it. A true storytelling master :) It's hard to come up with new things to say about him but he really is that good!!!

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  • BD
  • 02-22-19

I recommend it!

Fast paced and keeps your interest. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. Reminds me of the Red Rising trilogy.

RC Bray, as always, does well bringing the story & characters to life.

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  • Robo
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  • 02-21-19

Decent writing, interesting story, well read

The story is set in a time of big corporations and politics between spacers and grounders (to use old school terms). The primary character is perhaps a little Deckard-like, in a similar role. Nevertheless the story has some twists, things tie together nicely, and it has a decent ending. It just felt a little short.

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  • Joe
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  • 02-20-19

Great start to a new series.

The main synopsis is that Earth was hit by a meteorite and the planet was changed forever. A few hundred years later and a world government was established, but a few major corporations seem to have the real Power. The main character Malcolm, works for one of them and is sent on a mission to find out who was behind an attack on Earth. The book is short and a fast read, but the world building was great. Rhett was able to get a lot of detail out in a short amount of time and made it enjoyable. It reminds me a little of Expanse with the belters and worlds fighting with one another. The relationship between Malcolm and his new partner reminds me of a TV show called, Almost Human. They had serious, but funny interactions with one another. I enjoyed the book, but the ending was very surprising and wasn't expecting it. I think Malcolm could have handled it differently. I look forward to the next book to see what happens. The audio was great, there aren't unique voices for each character but RC is able to put a slight distinction in each character. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Harrison "Malcolm Graves" Ford needs to happen.

Hollywood! Where are you? This is the movie waiting to happen. Bruno delivers a gut-punch with Titanborn and R.C. Bray helps it go down like proverbial medicine with a spoonful of anthrax. What a great read. Beautiful and gritty all at once.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 03-06-19

Finally the Bruno that I liked is back.

Excellent!
This is what they mean when they say time flies because those eight hours where gone way to fast, in fact Einstein have proved that time is not a constant and now I’m sure about it to.
Truly a beautiful beginning for an excellent series, I’ve enjoyed this audiobook so much that now I fear of disappointment as I move to audiobook two which came out today of this series.
So, I’ve already said that this audiobook is excellent about choosing R.C. Bray for narration? Also excellent he totally nailed it!

I absolutely recommend this Audiobook.
And I hope that in time I’ll be recommending the whole series.

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  • Mr
  • 04-18-19

An excellent book

Engaging characters, a good pace and entertaining. The lead is a gritty enforcer with a heart and I enjoyed the book.

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  • S. M. Wong
  • 04-05-19

new to space/future sci fi

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
not being a fan for space or futuristic sci fi have to say i enjoyed this book,but i think thats down to the narrator cos RC bray is in my top 3 readers,think they author made a good choice in this as it will draw fans of RC bray who may not like me look twice at this novel.

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  • IOI-655321
  • 03-11-19

A good futuristic vision, not a happy one though

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Book

This was a dark gritty view of the future of humanity after a devasatating extinction level event. Now humanity is virtually run by corporations in opposition to each other and life is not easy. Our hero is a dissillusioned bounty hunter of sorts who works for one of the largest of these corporations and we see him and his partner interact with all walks of life.

The Production

R.C. Bray narrates this very well and is very well suited to the character. Narration is clear and very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-19

Interesting Space Bounty-Hunter Story

If you're a fan of bounty hunter books set in space, then this should be enjoyable for you.
Story is right length, and easy to enjoy.
The narration is top-notch, and gives even more life to the world created by Rhett C. Bruno.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-22-19

A pretty decent team.

Having first read Titanborn nearly three years ago and absolutely loved it, I decided it was time to reprise the book but this time in Audio. This can be a mistake - the addition of a narrator can alter the mental pictures created by the original text. But the performance of this novel was by R.C.Bray and if anything he enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
Firstborn is visual in it's worldbuilding. Sent around the time of the 300th anniversary of the meteorite hitting earth, causing phenomenal damage and loss of life and initiating the colonisation of Titan, other space colonies have now been established and rule was controlled by giant corpoations, often in opposition to each other. Malcolm Graves works for one of the largest and has done so for over 30 years. He is a Collector, a sort of bounty hunter, told where to go and what to do for a fee. He has, at least officially, always worked alone. Until, following an explosion on Earth in New London which he is to investigate, he is partnered with a young man on an elite training scheme in which the participants have special cybernetic modifications.

This is far more than a simple detective buddy story set in the future, though it is that, of course. It paints a very plausible, and ugly, picture of racial oppression, of family ties and emotional conflict, of political power games, right and wrong, human frailties and so much more. It is a superb book and excellently narrated.
Highly recommended

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  • rob hazelhurst
  • 02-21-19

Enjoyable

A bit sceptical to start but this turned about to be a great book. Don't judge a book by its cover

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  • Dustyfox
  • 02-12-19

Very enjoyable.

This book was done in one day...it flowed, was great listening to and I really enjoyed it. Pre-ordered book 2 same day.

Craig Alanson tends to make me want to listen all in one go and now titanborn.

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  • psy_yates
  • 06-16-19

Entertaining

A great book with twists and turns, brought images of Total Recall to my mind, highly recommended, Bob awesome as usual

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 04-30-19

Interesting series opener

This book has a similar sort of tone to stuff like the Expanse where the focus is on a more readily attainable version of space travel i.e. not instantaneous travel and almost entirely within the solar system itself, it pairs this setting with a dystopian, corporate-controlled future within which we follow the adventures of a hard-bitten bounty hunter, Malcolm Graves.

The early focus of the book is on a terrorist attack carried out on Earth by Titan separatists, but rapidly expands to include a more complex conspiracy that will occupy subsequent books in the series. There is also an element of the buddy cop genre to this book since the main character is paired up with a new partner who seems almost borg-like in nature.

The narrator is ideal for this book, his tone fits the tone of the main character and he provides suitably distinctive tones for the rest of the cast too.

Overall, an interesting book in its own right and a good starting point to this series too.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • 02-19-19

Total love

This book was so good. It was funny, emotional, action packed and imaginative. I love the characters and the world so much. The world was expansive and had tackled social and economical issues that is reflective of what we have today. The narrator is brilliant. I knew RC Bray before, having read the Martian before this so I knew I could trust him to give the book justice. I highly recommend this book to readers who love “the Expeditionary Force” and “the Martian”. It will not disappoint you. One of my top fave sci fi books of all time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-19

Amazing voice, great story

The story held my attention and kept my imagination going. Stories within stories and all the little details pieced together to flow from one scene to the next, great listen thanks.